David Merkow joined the Marquette University men's golf program as an assistant coach in 2010. He is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern University and former Big Ten Player of the Year. Merkow was raised in Hartland, Wis., where he was a prep standout at Arrowhead High School.
"David's leadership ability and passion for the game, blended with his success as a player, will elevate our program immediately," said head coach Steve Bailey. "David brings with him a vast knowledge of the game, and he is still competitive at the professional level. These talents, coupled with a strong set of core values, make him a perfect fit for our program."
Merkow reunited with Bailey, his former mentor at Northwestern. Bailey was the assistant coach for the Wildcats during Merkow's tenure at NU where together they captured a 2006 Big Ten team championship. Merkow also claimed medalist honors at the Big Ten/Pac 10 Challenge that season en route to earning player-of-the-year honors and the first of two all-conference selections.
He finished his collegiate career sixth all-time at Northwestern in career stroke average with a mark of 74.27. Merkow, 25, has since turned professional. He won the 2008 NGA Hooters Tour Ranking School and has also played events on the Gateway Tour. In 2007, Merkow claimed two gold medals at the Pan-American Maccabi Games.
Twice Merkow has participated in the United States Amateur Championship and twice he has qualified for the United State Junior Amateur Golf Championship. In high school, Merkow was a two-time all-state honoree and was an American Junior Golf Association All-American in 2002.
Merkow has served countless hours in his community, volunteering at Arrowhead High School and with the Chenequa Country Club Junior Golf Program. He has also donated golf lessons to The Women's Center in Waukesha to help raise money for domestic abuse awareness, among other charitable activities.
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